Graduates of BCCC’s Early Childhood Education Program are fully qualified for certification as directors, or senior staff members of child-care programs. They may also work as paraprofessionals in public schools, in hospital child-life programs, and as teachers or assistant teachers in several federal programs. Students are able to expand their job opportunities by earning a certificate in Special Education Assistant, in addition to the Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. The course of study includes: theories of child development and programming for children, theoretical coursework, supervised field placement, and observation. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and techniques, for working with small groups of children in activities such as music, art, storytelling, science, and mathematics. Students learn to create and plan instruction based on individual and group needs, and have the opportunity to work with different staff members and groups.